26 Feb 2010
The lovely hydrangea – a favourite Japanese motif often used by the Samurai warriors as it is believed in Japanese culture that the flowers in bloom represented Glory and conveyed the notion that ambitious goals were in reach. Also beloved by the West – the flower is seen everywhere – in lots of Aussie backyards – including mine!
If you click on the image you can see the amazing stitch work in this Kimono panel.
23 Feb 2010
Ashe print design is influenced almost primarily by textile traditions from the East.”The East” is a broad term but what I mean are the areas of Middle East (Islamic) design, Indian, Japanese, Chinese and South East Asian Cultures – a large area to draw from! Japanese textile design often gives me clues to the placement of a print on a garment and the amount of books on Kimono I possess is almost ridiculous!This is a favourite – incorporating a wave, cloud and crane pattern. The black and white contrast is a staple colour combination that most designers will flirt with at some point!
Pure Soul Design
20 Feb 2010
Pure Soul’s designer Sylma Carrera designs beautiful dresses for comfort and style. Her resort range has being selling so well in Ashe over Summer as the fabrics are perfect for our Western Australian climate. Pictured here is the beautifully embroidered Soutage Dress with embroidery panels on the bodice. If you like what you see – come down to Ashe and check out this delicious label while stocks last!
Czech Folk Embroidery
15 Feb 2010
I’m impressed by the obsessive ornamentation of this embroidered Czech apron. The minute distinctions of the highly wrought ornament enables cultures to express where they came from or where their ancestors come from. Pieces such as this;- although typical of everyday wear of folk people in the twentieth century, is more likely now to be placed in a museum so that it can be best admired for the amount of effort and work put into it. In fact this piece is part of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s collection. The embroidery and densely packed pattern must have taken a remarkable amount of time…You can click on the image to enlarge….
Japanese Traditional Motifs
06 Feb 2010
Exquisite, precise, clever, colourful, asymmetrical and delightful – the traditional patterns of Japanese Art. In over two thousand years of history the cherry blossom motif has stretched over every medium in Japanese Art – from ceramics, painting, textiles, lacquer ware, metal work and personal ornaments. The Cherry Blossom has a special significance in Japanese culture and aesthetics as a symbol of sakura– living in harmony with nature.
Florence Broadhurst Design
03 Feb 2010
Ahhh Florence – a woman after my own heart…This is one of Florence’s more well known wall paper designs “Japanese Floral”. Of course these days you will see Florence’s designs covering everything from T-shirts to bags to dresses and everything else in between. Florence Broadhurst died in 1977 (same year I was born – possibly I’m her re-incarnation..) and now her designs are sold through Signature Prints in Sydney. To see more – go to their website www.signatureprints.com.au